Preventing and reducing carbon emissions is important from an environmental, social and economic perspective. A carbon calculator for cultural productions can be used to determine the carbon emissions generated directly or indirectly by a service or in the production of a cultural work. Specific measures to reduce the carbon footprint can subsequently be derived from this.
Carbon calculator for Swiss productions
A carbon calculator specifically for Swiss cultural productions is currently being set up. For film productions, the Swiss CO₂-Calculator Film & Media will be available from October 2022. People generally interested, including those from other cultural sectors, can register for a demo version that is valid for a limited time. Film productions can register for unlimited use in order to record the CO₂ footprint of their projects and create balances. Only a large amount of data allows valid conclusions to be drawn about potential savings and comparability between Swiss productions.
Country-specific carbon calculators for the cultural sector differ greatly from one another. It is therefore crucial to define Switzerland’s own calculator as a standard and to use it nationwide.
This website as well as the funding institutions offer the CO2 calculator, but do not provide any expert information.
International carbon calculators
With media and film company MFG Baden-Württemberg’s comprehensive carbon calculator for film and TV productions, the carbon footprint of a production can be calculated in just a few steps. A sample with test data gives you an idea of the kinds of activities that can be recorded in the carbon calculator. The calculator and the test data are free to use but do not feature all the functions. After creating a (free) login, you can use the full features of the calculator.
With the Lower Austrian Film Commission (LAFC)’s carbon calculator, you can work out the ecological footprint of each individual department of a film and TV production based on factors specific to Austria. The carbon calculator was originally developed by the Baden-Württemberg-based media company MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft, and was subsequently adapted for the LAFC. A freely accessible sample with test data gives you an indication of the kinds of activities that can be recorded in the calculator. You can access all of the carbon calculator’s features once you’ve created a (free) login.
EcoProd is a joint initiative of public and private organisations, including the Ile-de-France Film Commission. The French carbon calculator developed by EcoProd, known as Carbon’Clap, is specially designed for audiovisual productions. The calculator is intended to be quick and easy to use, and therefore partly draws on estimates. Carbon’Clap is free to use after creating a login.
The British carbon calculator, known as albert, was developed by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in 2010 and subsequently used in a large number of BBC productions. In 2011, the calculator was adopted by the newly formed albert consortium, a group of broadcasters and independent production companies led by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). With its calculator, the albert consortium wants to help reduce carbon emissions starting from the production phase, and raise awareness of the environmental impact of film and TV production.
In the albert production tools, numerous case studies and explanatory videos show in detail how to use the carbon calculator. The albert consortium also has a Quick Start Guide for the calculator.
Eureca (European Environmental Calculator) is a user-friendly, multi-country environmental calculator that can be used to record the environmental impact of film productions. For a small fee, the calculator can be used for all types of audiovisual productions across Europe, helping to make production processes more sustainable.